Environmental Health Trust Environmental Film Festival
Jackson Hole Wyoming
We were thrilled to host live interviews with the film directors.
Death by Design
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. But this revolution has a dark side that the electronics industry doesn’t want you to see. From the intensely secretive electronics factories in China, to the high tech innovation labs of Silicon Valley, DEATH BY DESIGN tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast-approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability. Link to film website.
In “Death By Design,” writer, producer, and director Sue Williams shows how the supply chain for some of the biggest companies in the world — companies like Apple, IBM, and Samsung — are creating avoidable environmental and health hazards. She and iFixit cofounder Kyle Wiens join EHT Executive Director Theodora Scarato for a conversation about the film, what is happening inside China’s electronics production facilities today, and what to expect in the coming years.
Filmed below the radar in China and sparking a global campaign with the release of its first trailer, this documentary follows the intimate journey of Chinese migrant worker Yi Yeting, a benzene-poisoned victim-turned-activist fighting work-induced leukemia who takes on the global electronic industry in a fight against dangerous workplace conditions. Raising the important question of our own moral responsibility to ensure that products we rely on are produced in a safe manner.
Heather White began working on COMPLICIT while a network fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics (2011-2014). She is the founder of verite.org, a nonprofit organization recognized for its groundbreaking research on global supply chain monitoring of labor standards and risk management. http://www.complicitfilm.org
Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story
Before starting a family, Soozie Eastman, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explores if there is anything she or anyone else can do to change them. Soozie has just learned that hundreds of synthetic toxins are now found in every baby born in America and the government and chemical corporations are doing little to protect citizens and consumers.
With guidance from world-renowned physicians and environmental leaders, interviews with scientists and politicians, and stories of everyday Americans, Soozie uncovers how we got to be so overloaded with chemicals and explores whether there is anything we can do to take control of our exposure.
Just as she feared, extensive blood testing reveals alarming levels of chemicals such as organophosphates and PBDEs in her body, so she undertakes dietary and lifestyle changes, including making informed product choices followed by a rigorous detox regimen, designed to manage and minimize her toxic body burden.
Connectivity Project is a film about the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world. How many times have you wondered, “Does what I do make a difference in the world?” This film unpacks the butterfly effect metaphor, developing the awareness that each action does make a difference and could have a large impact.
MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic
MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic is a documentary feature film examining the crisis of childhood lead poisoning in America today. The film includes interviews with many of the top experts on the subject who outline the disturbing history lead.
Profit and Loss: Standing on Solid Ground
From New Guinean rainforests to Canada’s tar sands, this film exposes industrial threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival.
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
A Fierce Green Fire is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement’s grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years, from the early days of conservation to our current climate crisis. Covering halting dams in the Grand Canyon, battling twenty thousand tons of toxic waste at Love Canal, and Greenpeace saving the whales, this film tells extraordinary stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against enormous odds.
Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air
Unbreathable is a timely, powerful look at fifty years of the Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. The film is co-directed and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Maggie Burnette Stogner of American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking.
Something in the Air: A Film About Cell Phone Radiation
Something is in the Air asks if the radiation from your cell phone or cell towers is harmful to your health. What about cell tower radiation impacts to bees and pollinators? Are scientific conclusions tied to the interests of those who fund the studies? The film features interviews with respected scientists Dariusz Leszczynski, Anssi Auvinen, Daniel Favre, and Martin Pall.